Battle at Fort Sumter: Summary, Facts & Map


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Which state was the first to secede from the Union in December 1860?

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1. When President Lincoln took office in March 1861, what did he decide to do about Fort Sumter?

2. Which Confederate general was in charge of the bombardment of Fort Sumter?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Battle at Fort Sumter marked the start of the American Civil War, and these assessments will help you to check what you know about the people and actions involved in that battle. The practice questions will assess you on topics such as President Lincoln's actions toward the fort, the date of the first shots on the fort and the Confederate general in charge of taking Fort Sumter.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will question you on:

  • The first state to secede from the Union
  • The Union's response to Fort Sumter coming under siege
  • The general commanding Confederate forces during the battle
  • When the battle occurred and when the Union retook Fort Sumter

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information on the battle at Fort Sumter from the related lesson
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding steps taken by the Union toward Fort Sumter and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the circumstances that led up to the battle at Fort Sumter

Additional Learning

To learn more about the first battle of the American Civil War, check out the lesson on Battle at Fort Sumter. The lesson covers the following topics:

  • Explain how sectionalism and secession led to the American Civil War
  • Detail the role that the location of Fort Sumter and surrounding forts played in the sparking the battle
  • Describe how Major Robert Anderson and Brigadier General P.G.T. Beauregard influenced the fight
  • Explore the circumstances leading up to the surrender of Fort Sumter
  • Describe what happened after the battle